command maintains direct contact, such as USS
Los Angeles (SSN 688) with Los Angeles,
California. In the case of a namesake ship
program, commands should receive guidance
from the appropriate NAVINFO.
Hometown news feature material may be
provided directly to any news media making
requests for information on specific individuals,
subject to the instructions of appropriate
operational or other higher echelon commanders
governing media relations. Normally, such
requests will be coordinated with the appropriate
service headquarters or NAVINFO before
It is the policy of the FHTNC not to send unsolicited
releases to the media. Therefore, the Center periodically
surveys all potential media clients in the United States
and its territories. Those news media editors who want
to receive hometown news releases must indicate this
on the FHINC survey form.
A recent media survey revealed the following
l 96 percent always or sometimes use award
releases; 84 percent always use them.
l 96 percent always or sometimes use promotion
releases; 77 percent always use them.
l 93 percent always or sometimes use school
graduation releases; 78 percent always use them.
l 72 percent get feedback from their readers/
audience about releases; 98 percent describe that
feedback as positive.
LEARNING OBJECTIVE: Identify the most
common hometown news story categories and
the appropriate and inappropriate hometown
Hometown news stories usually fall into one of
three categories military achievement, personal
achievement or participation stories. These categories
are explained in the following text.
Military achievements are those personal
newsworthy accomplishments that are job related.
Consider the following examples:
School graduation (NOTE: To avoid embarrass-
ment in case of early dismissal, the FHTNC does
not process stories about individuals reporting to
schools. Additionally, this category applies only
to formal training four weeks in length or longer,
such as A and C schools.)
Advancement or promotion
Qualification (JOOD, OOD, EAWS, ESWS,
Honors earned in school or in training
Lifesaving effort or rescue
Personal achievements are those personal news-
worthy accomplishments realized during off-duty
hours. Consider the following examples:
l College degree or high school diploma earned
l Award received from the Navy League of the
United States or other civic organization, but riot
Participation stories result from an individuals
being a part of his commands activities. Consider the
. Reporting aboard
. Deployment or a change in the location of the
l Port visit
l Participation in an exercise or operation
l Participation in evacuation operations
l Active duty for training (ACDUTRA)